Lavender Manor is a wonderful B&B, of an excellent standard and ideally situated for enjoying the Hermanus area, being just 5 minutes drive east of the town. We (2 adults and 2 teenagers) stayed for 2 nights in rooms 1 and 3, both on the 1st floor of the main building. Room 1 is a beautiful double room with a stunning view out to the ocean; a 4 poster bed; double patio doors leading on to a little balcony; two double wardrobes (one housing the mini-bar and hot drink-making equipment) and an amazing bathroom. Room 3 is on the side and back of the main building so has views of the ocean, just rather less spectacular than Room 1, but is also decorated to a very high standard throughout. There is a communal open deck and another roof-top area for relaxing and enjoying the view out to the ocean, plus a lovely cosy, comfy sitting room filled with books and magazines for everyone to enjoy – and an open bar! There is another building behind the main lodge that we cannot comment on.
Isabel, Kobus and their staff devote themselves to the comfort of their guests and we could not have felt more welcome or cared for. The breakfasts were delicious, fresh and very varied. I can’t eat gluten and Isabel went out on a special mission to buy a bread-mix which she made into a loaf especially for me – I really appreciated that. There were countless small touches to add to the general luxurious experience, not least the little sprigs of lavender in the rooms (I won’t elaborate on them all so as not to spoil the surprises!).
As it is winter, we didn’t make use of the plunge pool – but it looked lovely. The gorgeous beach is 5 minutes walk away (just one row of houses separates Lavender Manor from it) so we were able to pop down there whenever we liked. We made the walk to Hermanus along the coastal path and this was a lovely experience for whale-spotting: we took our time - several hours - to enjoy all the views and wildlife along the way but walked back in an hour and a half (although we could have caught the cute Tuk-tuk instead).
Truly a delightful place to stay and excellent value.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lavender Manor offers spectacular sea and mountain views and warm, relaxed hospitality. Overlooking famous Blue Flag Grotto Beach and the whale sanctuary of Walker Bay, you are within two minutes walk of the magnificent beaches and the scenic cliff path. Relax next to the secluded pool and watch the incredible sunsets over the ocean from the upstairs patio. Ideally positioned for whale watching, walking trails, visiting the different wine routes, and near world-class golf courses. ... more less
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